I’m a Technologist Too: Matthew Pineiro – Senior Systems Engineer, ASI System Integration
In previous posts, we defined the term “technologist,” a label that applies to people working in companies of all shapes and sizes across the country along a broad spectrum of industries – not just those that write software and make hardware. We explained that, while technologists have diverse interests and multifaceted personalities, most share five traits:
- A technologist thinks strategy first.
- A technologist has a passion for solving problems and a general sense of curiosity.
- A technologist sees technology in a constructive context.
- A technologist believes tech is about humans, not hardware.
- A technologist values respect, cooperation and collaboration.
As a Systems Engineer, Matthew Pineiro designs technology solutions for customers, and then puts them into action. And he doesn’t use calculus to do it. Instead, to sell customers on his ideas, he applies his sharpest soft skills – his intangible knack for connecting with people. Sure, math skills are necessary, too. But the basics will do.
“You don’t have to be great at math,” Pineiro said during his interview for Charles Eaton’s book How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education. “If you can add and subtract and do basic multiplication and division, you’re halfway there.”
Along with communication skills, Pineiro stressed that advanced IT systems are made of simpler systems. He can relate to the intimidation you might feel while looking at a giant data center server rack. But he also knows that once you break all that hardware down to smaller parts, even complex solutions start making sense.
“Everything builds upon another thing,” said Pineiro. “I think most people would be pretty surprised with their ability to work in this field.”
Pineiro believes coupling soft skills with technical training will keep motivated people moving up the IT ladder.
“Before you know it, you’re going to look back and say, ‘I never thought I’d get to this point, I never thought I’d understand these things I’m doing, but now it’s just second nature.’”
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